Intel has unveiled what it says is its most powerful processor built for laptops. The chip giant says the new eighth-generation Core i9 chip is the highest-performance laptop processor it has released to date. Its new Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are manufactured using 14nm process technology and based on the Coffee Lake platform, which the company says offers notably better performance than its predecessor, delivering up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay and editing 4K video up to 59 percent faster. The most powerful chip in this latest series is the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, Intel's first mobile chip with six cores (two more than the previous generation) and 12 threads. It comes fully unlocked for overclocking, which Intel says "provides the opportunity to tweak the platform performance to its fullest potential," especially for content creation, VR and gaming.
Some powerful, Intel-based portable computers are coming in the near future. At an event in Beijing on Tuesday, Intel unveiled its first-ever, 8th-gen, Core i9 processor for laptops. SEE ALSO: Huawei MateBook X Pro is a MacBook Pro copy that's better than the original The Intel Core i9-8950HK has six cores and 12 threads, making it Intel's first hexa-core CPU for laptops. It's clocked at 2.9GHz but comes unlocked (meaning you can overclock it) and is capable of turbo frequencies (Intel's lingo for boosting performance a little bit more as long as the processor is not overheated) of up to 4.8GHz. The 12MB of cache and support for DDR4-2666 RAM should also help speed things up.
Video: Intel launches most powerful laptop chip eyeing content creation, VR, and gaming. To mark the 40-year anniversary of the Intel 8086 that powered the first IBM PC, Intel has announced the Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor, its first CPU that can hit 5GHz in turbo mode. The limited edition chip is part of Intel's celebration of its 50th year as a company and the 40th year since it delivered the 8086 microprocessor. It's a tweaked version of Intel's latest 8th Generation Core i7 processors aimed at gamers who want a higher-frequency chip for a better gaming experience. According to Intel's specs, it has six cores, 12 threads, and a base frequency of 4GHz with a maximum turbo frequency of 5GHz.
With its latest batch of 8th-generation Core chips for laptops, Intel is focused on delivering even more desktop-like performance. Just take a look at its new six-core monster processor, the Core i9-8950HK. We were impressed that the company was able to bring quad-core chips to ultraportables with its first batch of 8th-gen CPUs, but the 8950HK lives up to the crazy specifications we'd expect from the i9 lineup (which includes Intel's insane 18-core desktop chip). Intel claims its Core i9 mobile CPU is 29 percent faster than its 7th generation i7 when it comes to general performance; 41 percent better while playing Total War: Warhammer II; and 59 percent speedier while editing 4K video in Adobe Premiere Pro. Naturally, it's not the sort of processor that most consumers need, but it's a godsend for game streamers and content creators.
For years, PC gamers have needed to pick a poison: Buy a desktop with the most powerful components available, or sacrifice some performance for a laptop they could take on the road. Intel's new six-core mobile Core i9 chip, its fastest notebook CPU ever, paves the way for 5GHz gaming laptops, making that decision even tougher. Using new "thermal velocity boost" technology to propel the new Core i9-8950HK from a base clock rate of 2.9GHz to a whopping 4.8GHz, the new unlocked 8th-generation Core i9 sits atop five new Core i5 and Core i7 high-performance mobile H-series chips, plus four more U-series Core chips aimed at lower-power systems. Intel also launched a new lineup of desktop Core processors, plus a new branding logo (Core i7) to indicate the presence of hard drive-boosting Optane memory inside notebook PCs. Compared to a 7th-generation Core processor, Intel says Core i9 is up to 41 percent faster in gaming frame rates and 32 percent faster when streaming and recording your gameplay.